It's the inevitable and long-awaited DAVID LYNCH POLL

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otm, he does it on purpose

sexyDancer, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:49 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Dr. is wayyyyy more boring than Inland Empire. After you watch it once or twice and figure out that it's a dream, do you really ever want to watch it again? I mean, apart from the tryout scene/"Llorando" clip(/lesbian make out sessions???), it's not THAT great/entertaining. I liked it quite a bit, i'm just turned off by the idea of it being considered Lynch's best work.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

^^^Yes, I realize that I just lost what little credibility that I had.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

I could watch the "real" last third of MD forever. Naomi Watts being rejected by girlfriend and Hollywood, condescended to at Hollywood parties by ghoulish Ann Murray eating walnuts, drinking bad coffee and masturbating in her apartment -- very painful.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

"After you watch it once or twice and figure out that it's a dream, do you really ever want to watch it again?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

mulholland drive has all the best lynchian symbolic, thematic etc potency while actually being cohesive (it doesnt seem like hes just being willfully strange) and one of the great performances ever from naomi watts.

jhøshea, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

There's duff stray bits that seem like stuff from the TV pilot (the conversation in the Denny's; Robert Forster), but, still, a remarkable salvage job.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:55 (6 years ago) Permalink

I voted for MD.

Jordan, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

Twin Peaks
Blue Velvet
Eraserhead
Dune
RABBITS
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
The Straight Story
The Elephant Man
Mulholland Drive

Lost Highway

Inland Empire (mostly for the inclusion of RABBITS)
Wild at Heart

TP:FWWM is easily the worst though, right?

no!

, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

you cant really fuck with the rebekah del rio - llorando scene

chaki, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:57 (6 years ago) Permalink

actually I think Wild At Heart is probably the worst

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

"There's duff stray bits that seem like stuff from the TV pilot (the conversation in the Denny's; Robert Forster), but, still, a remarkable salvage job."

Agreed. This is why it's not #2 on my list.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 21:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Wild At Heart isn't the worst by virtue of the soundtrack and the crazy head blowing off scene.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

But yeah it's pretty bad.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

Eraserhead (1977)
Mulholland Drive (2001) / INLAND EMPIRE (2006)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Lost Highway (1997)
Dune (1984)

haven't quite worked out where I stand with inland empire. need to see it a few more times. eraserhead doesn't make sense anywhere else so it burbles to the top. blue velvet has some special significance for me, that *so* wrecked my head in '86.

it's great that lynch is currently in a second golden age.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

I loved wild at heart when it came out, saw it 3-4 times. it was such a daffy, off-the-wall cinema experience. it hasn't aged well, though.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

and the crazy head blowing off scene.

I don't even remember this scene!

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

i'd defend wild at heart as maybe "least appreciated" (although there are several candidates for that). for me it's the dividing line between his great movies and his varying-degrees-of-not-great movies (with wild at heart just on the side of "great"). i think it's kind of his airplane! -- a zillion jokes (not all of them "jokes", of course), with enough things that work to make up for all the ones that don't. lots of great scenes. the car crash in the desert with sherilynn fenn picking at her brain iis easily in my POX david lynch scenes.

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:10 (6 years ago) Permalink

the conversation in the Denny's

this is one of my favorite bits in md! it captures a humdrum-but-surreal dream-feel so well, maybe better than anything else in the film (other bits seem more stylized). it is sorta tv-piloty in relation to the whole, but the sequence is flawless execution. and it wakes up the dozers.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

tm OTM re: car crash scene

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mulholland Drive is the best movie of this decade you guys.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

lotsa memorable sequences in wild at heart - strobe light / thrash metal dancing, koko taylor, fetid new orleans, fenn's car crash, the weird motel scene with john doe, jack nance, et al. the glue holding everything together is pretty weak, though. and by glue I guess I mean nicolas cage.

a certain sequence in the film was a lot more mysterious before "wicked game" got played to death, too.

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hey Naomi Watts fans, I dare you to check out CHILDREN OF THE CORN PT. IV: THE GATHERING. I have a VHS tape in my basement.

Tape Store, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:23 (6 years ago) Permalink

now I'm thinking I need to rewatch these 3:

Wild at Heart (1990)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Lost Highway (1997)

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

ooh was that the one after URBAN HARVEST?

x-post

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

no thanks, ts. that sounds like an offer from a serial killer.

xpost

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:24 (6 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if wild at heart would've aged better if lynch had reeled in cage and dafoe a bit. he should've hung a sign on the camera that said, "do not chew the scenery. you are not dennis hopper."

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like cage's goofier moments. the dancing, his ridiculous "taste the peach" anecdote (eat the peach? whatever it is), his little spiel at the end to the guys who have just kicked the crap out of him.

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

Nic Cage is like the Rod Stewart of American film actors - a great, promising start followed by the most horrifying "sellout" bullshit ever

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

"take a bite of peach"

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

that's the one.

also, source material for the shot of diane ladd with her face covered in red lipstick? when i saw black moon a few months ago i noticed a similar scene there, and that seems like the kind of movie lynch would have loved, but i don't know if they were both referencing something else?

tipsy mothra, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

Hey Naomi Watts fans, I dare you to check out CHILDREN OF THE CORN PT. IV: THE GATHERING. I have a VHS tape in my basement.

-- Tape Store, Tuesday, 21 August 2007 08:23 (21 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

:D

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

Nic Cage is like the Rod Stewart of American film actors - a great, promising start followed by the most horrifying "sellout" bullshit ever

Not sure that scans, Shakey, since not only was Rod BORN to sell out, but he made lots of great moments after his purported classic years.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

this applies to Nick Cage too

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

I voted for Blue Velvet because it is the closest he's come to a flawless movie. Many of the others are great, but have rather glaring flaws. The Straight Story is the only one that I don't enjoy, but it is probably better than I would give it credit for.

My list (Does not reflect actual quality of the films):
Blue Velvet
Lost Highway - way underrated, wish it would come out on DVD
Wild At Heart
Dune - I love this movie despite some really misguided choices, I wish he'd do another Sci Fi film
TP: FWWM
Mulholland Drive
INLAND EMPIRE - just got the DVD today!
Eraserhead
The Elephant Man

Moodles, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:50 (6 years ago) Permalink

this applies to Nick Cage too

!!You crazy! Everything after Red Rock West is nigh unwatchable!

Bangkok Dangerous
Next
Ghost Rider
The Wicker Man
World Trade Center
The Ant Bully
The Weather Man
Lord of War
National Treasure
Matchstick Men
Adaptation
Sonny
Windtalkers
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
The Family Man
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Bringing Out the Dead
8MM
Snake Eyes
City of Angels
Face/Off
Con Air
The Rock
Leaving Las Vegas
Kiss of Death
Trapped in Paradise
It Could Happen to You
Guarding Tess
Amos & Andrew
Deadfall
Honeymoon in Vegas

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like face/off kinda

(more than mulholland dr. or lost highway that's for sure) (i watched mulholland w.dr vick and we snoozed non-stop)

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:56 (6 years ago) Permalink

eraserhead is still lynch's best easy -- tho i didn't see inland yet

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:57 (6 years ago) Permalink


"for he IS the kwisatz haderach"

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Although there is much I enjoy in it, I agree that Mulholland Drive is overrated.

The thing about MD that grates on me is that Lynch insisted on leaving in all these plot strands that were meant to be developed in the TV series and then very obviously tried to tie it all together in a fairly hackneyed manner.

He should have chopped a lot of this stuff and focused on the main plot. He could have even dropped most of the Justin Therroux plot, and it probably wouldn't have been missed.

Moodles, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

Bringing Out the Dead is good.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 22:59 (6 years ago) Permalink

And Snake Eyes has a great start (and terrible end.)

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

And Lord of War could have been great only it wasn't.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

THat's the best I can do.

Alex in SF, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

What a fucking BRO

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

mulholland dr. is the best film of the last 25 years.

t0dd swiss, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

I said decade, but i'll join you on the the quarter century action.

W4LTER, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

it's not better than eraserhead

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

tho

mark s, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

hence the 25 year cutoff

Edward III, Monday, 20 August 2007 23:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

dune is terrible. but i will pretty much drop everything to watch it any time it happens to be on tv.

the oral history of (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 10 December 2012 01:15 (1 year ago) Permalink


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